Summer means heading to the grill for meals

June 25, 2013

One of the best things about summer is grilling season. Juicy flavorful burgers topped with thick slices of locally made Beecher’s cheddar, slow grilled ribs that fall off the bone and locally raised bone in chicken, grilled to perfection with just a little crisp outside and slathered in my favorite barbecue sauce.

Summer is a time of celebration and revisiting all of those beloved seasonal flavors that come but once a year.

By Karista Bennett This grilled yogurt and basil pesto marinated chicken recipe is a great way to start off your backyard grilling season.

By Karista Bennett
This grilled yogurt and basil pesto marinated chicken recipe is a great way to start off your backyard grilling season.

Although The Bennett Crew could consume grilled chicken weekly, by the middle of summer, we’re hankering for some new flavors. Marinating chicken is a great way to infuse new flavors into a chicken dish, as well as keeping your chicken moist and juicy. This marinade uses yogurt to tenderize the chicken, and the basil pesto infuses it with a lot of enticing summer flavor.

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Chicken makes great grilled burgers, too

May 21, 2013

It’s grilling time!

There is nothing quite like a big, juicy beef burger. Loaded with all sorts of fresh, delicious toppings and capped with a soft and tasty bun. Served up with a side of Grandma’s macaroni salad and, of course, a big jar of chilled pickles.

Nothing makes my family happier than a weekend barbecue. Especially when I serve Chile Lime Ground Chicken Burgers. A flavorsome alternative to those big, juicy ground beef burgers and every bit as delicious.

By Karista Bennett Chile-lime chicken burgers are easy to prepare on the home barbecue grill.

By Karista Bennett
Chile-lime chicken burgers are easy to prepare on the home barbecue grill.

Spiced with chili powder and cumin and flavored with chopped fresh green onion with a squeeze of lime juice. Add in my secret ingredient, mayonnaise, to keep the ground chicken burger moist and delicious.

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Strawberry season pairs well with this savory, salmon recipe

April 23, 2013

Although I can’t seem to grow a tomato in my garden, for the past few years I’ve had strawberries popping up everywhere in my yard. I’ve been feeling just a tiny bit triumphant about my unexpected crop of strawberries. Combined with my weekly trips to the Issaquah Farmers Market and Jubilee Farms last summer, my kitchen table and countertops overflowed with the sweet red berries.

Strawberry shortcake, spinach and strawberry salad, strawberry preserves, strawberry coconut sorbet and, of course, the Bennett Crews favorite, strawberry salmon.

By Karista Bennett Savory strawberry sauce served over grilled salmon features the best of seasonal ingredients.

By Karista Bennett
Savory strawberry sauce served over grilled salmon features the best of seasonal ingredients.

Fruit has long been used to flavor savory sauces and nothing seems more well-paired than berries and salmon: a perfect celebration of spring and summer.

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For the love of all things Irish

March 26, 2013

I’m deeply enamored with Ireland. It feels a poetic and romantic place. Melodic Celtic music seems to transcend time, lush green landscapes, drifting fog and rugged shores. All create visions of charm and daydreams.

I’m just as enamored with Irish cuisine. Deep, rich flavors warm a belly and comfort the soul. It’s hearty fare my grandmother used to call “stick to your ribs” cuisine. Perfect for the cool evenings still to come.

By Karista Bennett Irish cuisine is delicious anytime, not just on St. Patrick’s Day.

By Karista Bennett
Irish cuisine is delicious anytime, not just on St. Patrick’s Day.

There’s no celebrating the arrival of spring at my house without some festive and hearty Irish fare. One of my favorite dishes to prepare is Colcannon. Traditionally a mashed potato, cabbage and green onion side dish, I decided to recreate this lush recipe into a one-pot meal.

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A little food love goes a long way

February 19, 2013

Valentine’s Day snuck up on me this year. It feels like yesterday I was planning Super Bowl food. And yet, last week I found myself scrambling to come up with something divinely delicious for the annual day of love.

Creating a special dinner for my family is my way of saying I love you. But alas, my dazzling Valentine dinner didn’t quite happen the way I’d planned. From work to school activities, homework and deadlines, it seemed a momentous task to bring everyone together on a Thursday evening for our Valentine feast.

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The lovely celebration dinner was postponed. However, always looking for a good excuse to dine on the delicious, my darling family agreed to reconvene this weekend for our annual evening of food love.

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